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AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

AirTV Mini mixes Android TV, Sling TV, OTA channels in one device

The folks at AirTV are dead set on creating a television experience where everyone can have every single piece of programming available in the world, all at once. To do this, they've created the device "AirTV Mini", a device that connects to your television's HDMI port and connect with your OTA antenna and AirTV Wi-Fi-enabled network tuner.

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Amazon Prime Video finally casts to Chromecast and Android TV, YouTube now on Fire TV

Amazon Prime Video finally casts to Chromecast and Android TV, YouTube now on Fire TV

At long last, and hopefully forever, Google and Amazon's video-centric product and services battle seems to be at an end. Amazon Prime Video is now able to utilize casting with Chromecast and Android TV. So supposing you've got the Android Prime Video app, and a subscription to Amazon Prime, and an Android TV and/or Chromecast device, you'll now be able to tap one and watch a show on the other.

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YouTube TV “Now Playing” update makes UI smaller, fast-forward faster

YouTube TV “Now Playing” update makes UI smaller, fast-forward faster

When you’re watching videos, no matter if it’s on TV or on your phone, you probably don’t want to be distracted by anything else. On streaming media, in particular, user interfaces should get out of the way when not needed and be as unobtrusive as possible when they do get summoned. At the same time, however, they should also offer as much information necessary that viewers might want to quickly see at a glance. It’s a very delicate balancing act and YouTube TV’s latest update tries to achieve that.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is getting a slight but overdue refresh

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is getting a slight but overdue refresh

When you hear "Android TV", you might think smart TVs first and foremost or at least smart set-top boxes. The platform's real hero device, however, is actually a years old gaming console. Despite its age, the NVIDIA SHIELD continues to make wonders in the market. However, it seems that NVIDIA itself has decided it's time for an update but don't get your hopes too high for a generational jump to an NVIDIA SHIELD 2.

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Epix Now on-demand streaming service arrives on Android TV

Epix Now on-demand streaming service arrives on Android TV

Premium television network Epix, as with HBO, Showtime, and Starz, has its own on-demand video streaming service called Epix Now. Individuals who want access to the premium content can sign up for the streaming service as an alternative to the television network, which otherwise requires either a cable or satellite subscription. As of Friday, users can now access the content on Android TV devices.

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Android TV isn’t dead yet, new hardware coming soon

Android TV isn’t dead yet, new hardware coming soon

It almost seems as if Android is fated to forever remain a smartphone platform all the way to the end of its life. While it does have various incarnations in wearables, automobiles, and TVs, those don't seem to gain as much traction as Android's true smartphone form. Android TV, in particular, seems to have been left by the wayside in the rather aggressive entertainment market. Not so, says Google, and it is better than ever before and will become even better in the coming weeks.

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Sony’s $70k Android TV is PS5’s secret weapon

Sony’s $70k Android TV is PS5’s secret weapon

So you've heard about the PlayStation 5 features confirmed by Sony this month - but one big piece of the puzzle remains missing. A video game console like a PlayStation is only half of the equation. You also need a television - or at least a monitor - to make use of the power of the console. For that, Sony's got a WHOLE BUNCH of new pieces of equipment, including one MASSIVE TV - the most beastly television we've ever seen put on sale to the public.

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NVIDIA SHIELD has a hidden split screen mode

NVIDIA SHIELD has a hidden split screen mode

NVIDIA is the company that just keeps giving, at least as far as Android gamers and users are concerned. Long past the usual two-year support period, NVIDIA continues to push updates to its SHIELD Android TV box with new games, apps, and features. Granted, this latest one isn't exactly something that NVIDIA has directly given SHIELD owners but if this split screen mode is really a feature rather than a bug, the users will probably consider it as one anyway.

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Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Android TV bug may have exposed private user photos

Things have been relatively silent on the Android TV front lately, but today, the platform is forcing itself back into the spotlight. Unfortunately, it's not good news we're hearing, but rather reports of a serious-sounding bug that's potentially exposing the private photos of Android TV users. At the very least, the bug is causing Android TV and Google Home to show lists of Android users where they shouldn't be, which is bad enough.

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Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

Sony MASTER Series 8K Z9G, 4K A9G TVs bring beauty and brains in one package

While smartphone makers are now obsessed with thinning bezels and notches, TV makers are still pushing for higher and higher resolutions. The market now tops at 8K, even when video content is still coming to terms with 4K. That might not matter though, because thanks to the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate in Sony’s MASTER series of TVs, content is promised to look crisp and clear in the Z9G’s 8K or the A9G’s 4K, even if they weren’t made for such large screens.

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Philips 4K TVs tap Android TV for CES 2019

Philips 4K TVs tap Android TV for CES 2019

Just a few days before CES 2019 is scheduled to kick off, Funai has announced a new pair of Philips 4K TVs. With these new televisions, Philips will be bringing its Android TV support to the US. That isn't a very surprising move, as the company has offered TVs with built-in Chromecast in the past and supports Android TV in other regions, so this was a logical step.

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TiVo Android TV might be coming next month

TiVo Android TV might be coming next month

While connected TVs are becoming more common, there isn’t really much of a platform war going on in that space unlike, say, smartphones and smartwatches. Almost everyone has their own smart TV implementation but the quickest way for smaller players to get into the game is usually by adopting an existing one like Android TV. Long-time DVR giant TiVo promised to do just that earlier this year but it seems like its first actual Android TV product won’t debut until next month, at least based on a lone FCC filing.

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